Digital Manuscript ProjectKrapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande
 Thirty-seven today, sound apparently in wind (
he he rimes this word with mind) and limb,
apart from my old trouble, and intellectually I have
little doubt at the peak of my powers, or thereabouts.
 Celebrated the
solemn dreadful occasion, as in recent years, quietly
at the Winehouse. No
one face there I knew. Sat before the fire
with closed eyes separating the grain from the chaff.
down a few notes, on the back of an envelope. It is good to
be home again, in my old
things rags. The new light over above my desk table
is a great improvement. With all this darkness round me I feel
am less alone. (Pause.) In a way. (Pa euse.) I like to get up
and move about in it, then back here to...(hesitates)...
 Extraordinary silence this evening. I strain my ears and
do not hear a sound. Old Miss
Williams Beamish always sings at this
The songs of her girlhood, she says.[⁁][←]  But not tonight. I admire her.[←][0112|001] I hope nothing Please Heavens nothing has happened to her.
 Shall I sing when I am her age
? Goodness [↑] if I ever am. Unlikely. Did I sing
as a boy? No. Did I ever sing? No.
 I have just listened to an old year
., [⁁]passages at random. I did not check up
register book, but it must be at least ten or twelve or fifteen years
ago. At that time I was living on and off with
Celia Furry in
Hopeless business.[⁁]  I must say I - (A switches off machine, broods
at length, switches on again.) - find this a great help before
embarking on a new...er....review conspectus.
I find it hard It is hard to believe 
that young man was I.
Even tThe voice is unfamiliar not mine. . Aspirat-
rResolutions. To drink less, in particular. He speaks of Statistics.
sSeventeen hundred hours, out of the preceding 8eight thousand
odd, consumed on licensed premises alone. Plans for a
fuller less aspiring less exhausting
sexual life. Last illness of his father. [⁁]
Pursuit of happiness. Flagging spasmodic pursuit of happiness. References to his [↓] . Shadow of the magnum opus. Closing with a - (brief laugh) -
life's work magnum opus
an appeal to a plea squeal
Providence. (Prolonged laugh.) What remains of all that
lumber misery? A girl in a shabby green dress coat, on a railway-
 When I look - (A s
iw witches off machine, broods, consults looks at watch, gets up and
goes backstage into shadows.  Pause of ten seconds.  Sound of
cork popping.  Ten seconds.  Second cork.  Ten seconds.  Third
cork? Te cork.  Ten seconds.  Sudden brief burst of song
(Brief burst of raucous song.)  He comes back into light from an
say front right , sits down, resumes his
pose, switches on machine.) - back on the year that is gone,
 - back on the year that is gone,
(Brief burst of raucous song.)
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